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Letters from the Front


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Introduction The First World War The Second World War Modern Warfare Glossary Acknowledgements Index

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Compiled by acclaimed British military history Andrew Roberts, this is a classic collection of war letters from the frontline revealing the common hopes and fears shared by soldiers across the passage of time.

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Andrew Roberts is the author of Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West (which won the International Churchill Society Book Award) and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900 (which won the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Book Award). His other books include Napoleon and Wellington, Eminent Chuchillians and Salisbury, which won the Wolfson History Prize. His latest book, The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War, won the British Army Military Book of the Year for 2010. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a PhD in History from Cambridge University. PHOTO CREDIT FOR IMPRINT: i"?Imperial War Museum Collections Many of the photos in this book come from the Imperial War Museum's huge collections which cover all aspects of conflict involving Britain and the Commonwealth since the start of the twentieth century. These rich resources are available online to search, browse and buy at In addition to Collections Online, you can visit the Visitor Rooms where you can explore over 8 million photographs, thousands of hours of moving images, the largest sound archive of its kind in the world, thousands of diaries and letters written by people in wartime, and a huge reference library. To make an appointment, call (020) 7416 5320, or e-mail Imperial War Museum


"This book presents a moving (and historically valuable) selection of letters home." --Daily Mail (UK)"From a top World War II historian comes a delightful collection of correspondence by British soldiers, sailors, and aviators." --The Quarterly Journal of Military History (Winter 2013)..".provides a collection of original writings gathered by the Imperial War Museum from the last hundred years, revealing the daily lives of soldiers and offering comparisons between the experiences of those fighting different wars. From anecdotes and reflections on experiences to discussions of rations and expressions of love and fear, these capture the hopes, fears and struggles of the universal soldier no matter what the war, and are packed with solid reflections." --James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review (January 2013)

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